The Queers

The Queers

The Queers are punk rock band formed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1982. Their sound is heavily influenced by the Ramones and '60s bubblegum pop and their songs often feature humorous and juvenile lyrics. The original line up consisted of Joe King (2) (Vocals/Guitar), Tulu (2) (Vocals/Bass), and Wimpy (2) Rutherford (Drums). The band released one 7" EP with this line up. In 1984, the band released a second 7", this time with Tulu on drums, Wimpy singing, and Keith Hages playing bass. The band split shortly afterwards but Joe would occasionally use the name throughout the '80s, playing with various line-ups (King's most frequent collaborators were JJ Rassler (guitar) and Hugh O'Neill (2) (drums)) for sporadic shows in Boston and New Hampshire, although there were no recordings created at this time, and by the end of the decade the band had pretty much become inactive.

In 1990, King and O'Neill decided to get the band going again and recorded the band's first LP, "Grow Up". Around the same time, The Queers became acquainted with Screeching Weasel, beginning a long-term association between the two bands. After the "Grow Up" LP, King and O'Neill met Chris Barnard, aka B-Face, who would join as the group's bassist and this would constitute the "classic" Queers line-up (although O'Neill would be in and out of the band and the band would generally tour with a second guitarist). The group signed with Lookout! Records in 1993 for the album "Love Songs For The Retarded" (produced by Ben Weasel) and stayed through 1996's "Don't Back Down". After that, the classic line-up split for good, with B-Face quitting due to growing tension between him and Joe and O'Neill being diagnosed with brain cancer (he would pass away in January 1999).

The Queers would continue with Joe recording and touring with an ever-rotating cast of backing musicians. The band jumped to Hopeless Records for 2 LPs and returned to Lookout! in 2002 for one album before departing the label for good, eventually reclaiming all their albums from the label in 2006 due to a lack of royalty payments. The band currently records for Asian Man Records.

In 2001, the original line up of Joe King, Wimpy, and Tulu reunited and recorded and EP under the name "Drunken Cholos".
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The Queers Discography Tracks


The Queers Grow Up (Album) Shakin' Street Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
The Queers Love Songs For The Retarded (Album) Lookout! Records, Lookout! Records, Lookout! Records US 1993 Sell This Version
The Queers Beat Off (Album) Lookout! Records US 1994 Sell This Version
The Queers Rocket To Russia (Album) Selfless Records US 1994 Sell This Version
SFLS-28, SFLS-27 The Queers Shout At The Queers(LP, Ltd + 7", Ltd) Selfless Records, Selfless Records SFLS-28, SFLS-27 US 1994 Sell This Version
The Queers Suck This (Album) Clearview Records US 1995 Sell This Version
The Queers Move Back Home (Album) Lookout! Records US 1995 Sell This Version
The Queers Don't Back Down (Album) Lookout! Records US 1996 Sell This Version
The Queers A Day Late And A Dollar Short (Comp, Album) Lookout! Records US 1996 Sell This Version
The Queers Punk Rock Confidential (Album) Hopeless Records US 1998 Sell This Version
The Queers Beyond The Valley... (Album) Hopeless Records US 2000 Sell This Version
HR658-2 The Queers Live In West Hollywood(CD, Album) Hopeless Records HR658-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
The Queers Pleasant Screams (Album) Lookout! Records US 2002 Sell This Version
The Queers / The Manges The Queers / The Manges - Acid Beaters (Love And Let Die) (Album) Stardumb Records (2) Netherlands 2003 Sell This Version
SRCD-1028 Disgusteens & The Queers Disgusteens & The Queers - Split Disc From Japan And USA(CD, Album) Stiffeen Records SRCD-1028 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
SHM 8041 The Queers Summer Hits No. 1(CD, Album) Suburban Home Records SHM 8041 US 2004 Sell This Version
DR004 The Queers Weekend At Bernie's(CD, Album) Doheny Records DR004 US 2006 Sell This Version
The Queers Munki Brain (Album) Recess Records (2) US 2007 Sell This Version
MVDA4671 The Queers CBGB OMFUG Masters - The Queers - Live February 3, 2003: The Bowery Collection(CD, Album) MVD Audio MVDA4671 US 2008 Sell This Version
PRS-001 The Queers Alive In Hollyweird(CD, Album + DVD) Punk Rock Social PRS-001 US 2009 Sell This Version
The Queers Live In Philly 06' Universal Warning Records US 2010 Sell This Version
The Queers Back To The Basement (Album) Asian Man Records US 2010 Sell This Version
MD-CD007 The Queers Olé Maestro(CD) MediaDavid MD-CD007 Spain 2013 Sell This Version
The Queers Beyond The Valley Revisited Live At Loud & Clear Studios Asian Man Records US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Queers Love Me Doheny Records US 1982 Sell This Version